Have to scratch that Banjo itch right now?

No question or technical hurdle will remain un-answered. Only your effort and the time you put into your music will elevate your skill:

Some factors I focus on:

  • Tone
  • Attack
  • Tuning
  • Dynamics
  • Touch
  • Volume Control
  • Listening

Some Techniques I apply:

  • Rhythm Practice
  • Chord Theories
  • Roll Choices/Theories
  • Improvisational Skills
  • Music Theory
  • Arranging
  • Listening

Some Questions I will ask you:

  • Why do you want to Play the Banjo?
  • What kind of instrument do you have?
  • What are your ultimate goals?
  • Do you have friends who play music?
  • Do you Sing?
  • What kind of music do you listen to?

Performance coaching:
Other areas I focus on are performance skills, like playing with others, Singing, listening to a band sound and learning how to support that, stage fright, staying in tune, smiling, talking with your audience and learning how to market yourself , (if your goals are to expand your public impression.)

I have experience with Bluegrass , Classical, Ragtime, Blues and Jazz finger-style, and some Old Time, as well as Scruggs style, Melodic style, and Single string. I enjoy a wide range of music that starts with Scruggs style, and using those techniques to play Bluegrass, Country, Americana, Blues, Pop/ Rock /Jazz standards, as well as many years performing with live bands and on recordings.

I have taught students from 8 to 80 years old. I am sensitive to learning needs and extremely patient.
I love it when one discovers that everyone has a skill and talent for music…even YOU!

I offer 1 hour private lessons in Santa Cruz, at Sylvan Music. Whether you want to just sit and pick out some chords and tunes, or learn some classic Earl Scruggs and get into playing with others, that is a blast!

If it seems right, I am not opposed to doing a cramming style weekend visit with you. If you are a good player already or a semi-pro player who is looking to shake out some demon’s, or needing to become re-inspired regarding your playing, performance skills, repertoire, and improvising , Discover new horizons with workshop style sessions, at your home, or up here in the serene quiet and inspirational nature of the Redwoods at my home in Boulder Creek.